Plane passengers watch in horror as engine bursts into flames on runway

This is the terrifying moment a huge fire ripped through a plane’s engine as passengers waited to board.

The footage shows flames bursting out of an Asiana Airlines engine during refuelling.

Firefighters can be seen tackling the blaze as burning fuel drips down onto the tarmac.

The incident happened at Seoul Incheon airport in South Korea yesterday, as the plane was refuelling for its flight to Los Angeles.

No one was injured in the incident and the passengers were evacuated from the gate area as a precaution.

Takeoff had originally been delayed for 50 minutes while maintenance was carried out, before the fire ignited during an engine start-up test.

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The flight was scheduled to depart with 495 passengers at 2.40pm but did not leave until 5.20pm.

Asiana plans to use the same aircraft to normalise its operations and conduct investigations and maintenance on fire passenger aircraft.

Footage of the incident was posted to Twitter, where viewers were quick to voice their thoughts.

"Always is better in the land then the sky," one wrote.

Another commented: "That is terrifying."

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It is not the first time flames have been filmed coming from the engine of aircraft.

A Russian plane was forced to crash land after a bird flew into the engine.

The Ural Airlines jet was struck by a bird mid-air near Rybaki and footage soon emerged from inside the craft as it plunged to the ground.

And five people tragically died when their plane ran out of fuel during a flight.

The craft crashed in an emergency landing just over eight miles from its destination airport in Ukraine.

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